Introduction to Pastoral Counseling – PACO 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Introduces students to a solution-based model for short-term counseling that incorporates knowledge of and practice in facilitation skills, cognitive behavioral approaches, and biblical teaching.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

In today’s world, people in our churches and in society at large are hurting. As people go outside their own families for help, 40% of Americans turn to a local clergy person first. Therefore, leaders in ministry need to be thoroughly equipped for the work of the counseling ministry. Since counseling should not be the primary ministry of pastors, it is imperative that what they do in counseling is done with efficiency and effectiveness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Employ appropriate technology, meaningful interaction, and content from the readings, assessments, lectures, and pertinent research according to current APA standards or Turabian form to support a connected, collaborative, cumulative learning process.
  2. Evaluate his/her relational style’s strengths and shortcomings in order to facilitate alignment between various styles and behavioral positions.
  3. Identify necessary interpersonal and pastoral counseling skills that foster efficiency and effectiveness in pastoral counseling.
  4. Integrate insights and skills, gleaned from the assigned readings, assessments, lectures, web resources, and the Scriptures as s/he narrates movement of a predetermined care-seeker through a solution-based, short-term pastoral counseling scenario.
  5. Locate resources that support future people-helpers’ personal and professional growth and development.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus, Course Schedule, Guidelines & Expectations, and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

Quiz: A.S.A.P. (All Students Actively Participating) Checklist

This checklist is designed to initiate a connected, collaborative, cumulative learning experience in Module 1. Students will confirm completion of the following tasks: 1) Discussion: Question & Answer Center (QAC) Subscription; 2) Discussion: Audio/Video Narrated Class Introduction (via audio/video software of your choice); 3) Module 1 Readings; 4) Discussion: My Masterpiece Moment; and 5) Predetermined Care-seeker Selection. 

Subject Matter Conversation are meaningfully developed via scheduled Microsoft TEAMS meetings.  For example, as part of this course’s connected, collaborative, cumulative learning process, its Module 1 required Subject Matter Conversation 1 will focus on getting acquainted and acclimated. Professors will notify the class of date and time in Week 0.

In the event a Subject Matter Conversation is missed due to extenuating circumstances or technical issues, the Subject Matter Conversation will be assessed through a substantive response to a recorded Subject Matter Conversation through the assignment’s submission link. Ear buds and casual, modest dress should be worn during this virtual classroom meeting. (MLO: A)

Discussions (7)

In Discussion: Audio/Video Narrated Class Introduction, you are required to build a clear, informative, and appealing video introduction in response to the prompts found in the Assignment Instructions.

Discussion: My Masterpiece Moment is a clear, convincing argument that you have engaged in the book Masterpiece by Nichols. You should post your answer to three questions found in the Assignment Instructions.

Discussion: Get the Present Story, Discussion: Develop the Preferred Story/Solution, Discussion: Clarify and Execute the Action Plan, Discussion: Connect Care-seeker to Community provide an opportunity to integrate insights and skills gleaned from the assigned readings, assessments, lectures, web resources, and the Scriptures as the student narrates movement of a predetermined care-seeker through a solution-based, short-term pastoral counseling scenario.

Due to the nature of these connected, collaborative, cumulative research-based forums, the discussions will have a “paper or presentation-like feel” (i.e. more is expected than in a typical discussion). Required texts, assessments, and lectures-to-date are to be noticeably and consistently used to ground assertions. In this respect, the student must synthesize pertinent material and write a substantive research-based thread and reply in response to prompts in each forum.

Pertinent insights from all readings-to-date should be synthesized weekly and moved forward into subsequent learning activities. Each thread must be at least 450 words and noticeably integrate at least 1 pertinent insight from each required resource~readings-to-date (see Course Schedule). In the assigned module, the student writes 1 substantive research-based reply. Each reply must noticeably integrate at least 1 pertinent insight from course related knowledge and be at least 150 words.

The seventh and final Discussion (Discussion: So What?! and What's Next?!) requires a 350 word initial post and 125 words for the reply. 

All posts must be written with clarity and conciseness, without spelling, grammar, word choice errors, and adhere to meaning-making forum guidelines and rubric expectations. School of Behavioral Sciences students follow current APA standards and School of Divinity students – current Turabian Form. 

Practical Book Review Assignment

The student will write 1 Practical Book Review on the Petersen text. This assignment creates awareness of language and interpersonal skills that foster efficiency and effectiveness in people-helping moments. The body of the paper must be typed, double-spaced, and at least 4 pages. The paper must be written with clarity and conciseness, without spelling, grammar, word choice errors, and adhere to assignment instructions and rubric expectations.  School of Behavioral Sciences students follow current APA standards and School of Divinity students – current Turabian Form. (MLO: C)

Solving My People Puzzle Assignment

The assignment strategically fosters description, development, and management of the student’s relational style as well as an overall understanding of style alignment. The body of the paper must be at least 5 pages and include at least 1 reference from each of this assignment’s required readings, assessments, and websites. The paper must be written with clarity and conciseness, without spelling, grammar, word choice errors, and adhere to assignment instructions and rubric expectations. School of Behavioral Sciences students follow current APA standards and School of Divinity students – current Turabian Form. (MLO: A, B, C)